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Notes from the Quad
Margaret Farley

Commencement 2007 marked the last Yale Divinity School graduation ceremony prior to retirement for Professor Margaret Farley. In the worship service address, Farley told 136 graduating students, "Freedom and forgiveness, acceptance and peace: these are the mighty works of God of which we are to speak in every language and tongue." >Go to story

Brevard ChildsBrevard S. Childs, one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the 20 th century, died Saturday, June 23 in New Haven, CT. He was 83 and died of complications from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in Bethany, CT.

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Reflections Cover June 07The Spring 2007 issue of Reflections focuses on the relationship between religious belief and care of the environment. The issue, entitled GOD'S GREEN EARTH: Creation, Faith, Crisis, features the views of some of the world's leading thinkers on the subject, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; writer Bill McKibben; James Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and Green Belt Movement founder and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai.

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Dean Joseph Britton Joseph Britton, dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, will serve another five-year term as dean of Berkeley, the Episcopal Church affiliate of Yale Divinity School, beginning at the end of his current term  in 2008. In agreeing to a second term, Britton called the Yale/Berkeley collaboration an "extraordinary environment for theological education." >Go to story

Laura Ahrens '91 M.Div. will become the first woman consecrated as suffragan bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut during June 30 ceremonies at Woolsey Hall on the Yale campus. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be the chief consecrator.

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The Institute of Sacred Music's new pipe organ, Taylor and Boody's Op. 55, arrived on June 6, and the crew from the company's shop in Staunton, VA will be in New Haven all summer installing and voicing the beautiful new instrument, designed specifically for the recently renovated Marquand Chapel. >Go to story

Yale Divinity School, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Yale School of Architecture will jointly sponsor the symposium "Constructing the Ineffable: Contemporary Sacred Architecture," October 26-27, 2007. The symposium seeks to explore ways of widening the circle of discussion about the nature of the sacred in relation to architectural and urban space. > Go to story

Convocation and Reunions will take place Oct. 8-11 on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.  Registration forms were included in the brochure all YDS alumni were sent earlier this year, but additional forms and the entire schedule are available on the Convocation and Reunions web site.

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The Divinity Tomorrow capital campaign has begun a "Gifts of a Lifetime" initiative focusing on life income gifts.  With these gifts, the donor transfers an asset and retains, or provides for another person or persons, an income for life. >Learn more about Planned Gifts to YDS

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YDS Annual Fund nears goal
Just three days before the close of the fiscal year on June 30, Yale Divinity School had reached 99-plus percent of the 2006-07 annual fund cash goal of $380,000 and was just shy of the participation goal of 40 percent.   Though time is short, it is easy to make end-of-the year gifts online.  Click on the following link and indicate "Annual Fund" under "other" in Step 1. Your gift could be the one that puts YDS over the top! All annual fund donations are used in support of student scholarship aid.

Make a gift online to the Annual Fund:Donate to the Annual Fund


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